The New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild are the latest team to announce the retirement of veteran and current NHLPA executive director Don Waddell.
Waddell, who will remain a director of hockey operations, was the team’s primary source of news regarding injuries, injuries in the NHL and the NHLPA, according to NHL spokesman Scott Gomez.
The New York team announced the retirement on Tuesday.
Walsh, who was named deputy commissioner for player safety in October, also was a major player in the organization’s search for a new head of hockey ops, Gomez said.
Wadsen will replace Waddill as the Rangers and Wild have struggled to find and retain good enough talent to keep them in the playoff race, and Wadsen has been a key figure in trying to do that.
In his 10-year NHL career, Walsh was the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils.
He spent the past two seasons as general manager for the Boston Bruins.
Wadell, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, has also been critical in helping to find talent for the Rangers, who are looking for a coach and GM in their search for an identity.
Wadhly, who played two seasons for the Anaheim Ducks, will be a deputy GM in the Rangers’ front office, Gomez confirmed.
The Rangers and the Wild are among the teams expected to announce their personnel changes ahead of the start of training camp.
Wagner, who worked closely with Wadsill for the past four years, will serve as interim GM for the Minnesota Wild, Gomez explained.
Wattsen will serve in the role for the next two seasons.
The announcement came just as Wadslill appeared to be in a race to replace former GM John Davidson, who retired earlier this week.
Davidson is expected to make his final decision on who will be his successor after a team meeting on Wednesday.
Watson was a key member of Davidson’s front office during his time in Minnesota and has been instrumental in getting the team to the playoffs during his tenure.
Willson, who previously worked for Davidson and the New York Flyers, will also serve as the Wild’s deputy GM for three years.